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Fancy Meow Cat Cafe
#1 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
#2 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Fun relaxing activity with many trails to enjoy and the cutest gift shop.. Loved this nature experience and lots of the beautiful silver leaf ferns on the forest floor.
Our family of 4; 2 boys 10 & 13years love this Park as the trails are challenging and fun and we ride through beautiful forest; it is our top activity to do in Rotorua, and there is still so many more trails to ex...
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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre Ngongotaha
#3 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Wingspan is a fantastic little bird park that does some really great work towards the conservation of New Zealand's native birds of prey, especially the New Zealand Falcon which is highly endangered.
A great show with a very knowledgeable team of staff running the park and an opportunity for close-up's or even holding if you are one of the fortunate ones.
Redwoods Treewalk
#4 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Recently constructed and built by a German, this is an added delight in the Redwoods Forest Park popular for its walking paths of various lengths The Treewalk is connected to twenty two redwood trees by bridges wh...
The evening experience in the forest enables you to gently traverse your way well above the native forest floor for a different perspective...It's quite simply breathtaking being so up close among nature, that 'pl...
Waimangu Cauldron
#5 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Breathtaking area (all the National Parks, landscapes and sorroundings are simply amazing!).
The full beauty of mother nature at her best boiling streams and lakes colourful terraces amazing!
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
#6 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
We were blown away by this awesome attraction !! Nature’s amazing thermal wonderland !! From Lady Knox Geysers eruption to many thermal spots on this park, champagne pool is the ultimate and many others !! Wow lov...
Opportunity to explore spectacular nature at New Zealand most colourful volcanic area, unique volcanic features and colours as you walk along well defined tracks.
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
#7 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Lovely way to end a hectic sight-seeing day relaxing in the hot pools overlooking the streams, paddocks and nature!
Great value at $16 pp - much more affordable than the big thermal parks in Rotorua, and less touristy.
Te Puia
#8 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Is a great outline of the most wonderful attractions that this amazing city has, you can see Maori culture , geothermal activity, geysers , kiwis and, of course, the typical rich nature of New Zealand.
Loved this park, the tour guide was super friendly and lovely, the park is vell maintained and has spectacular scenery! the Maori experience was very fun and interesting, I found it very good to know the Maori cul...
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Blue Lake Track
#9 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
If you need some peace & quiet and alone time with nature then be sure to take a drive out here....the track around the lake is well-marked, with spectacular views & it is a very very easy stroll.
There is a great BBQ/picnic area just near the car park with an absolutely stunning view across the lake that is definitely worth stopping for lunch at.
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Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
#10 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
this park offers wonderful scenery as you walk around the native bush with the bonus of fab animals who entertain as they go about their daily lives.
The boardwalk around the park is great for active and curious little ones to explore independently (or to take a buggy) and the many animals to view and feed make for a great interactive experience (make sure you...
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Kuirau Park
#11 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Great place to really get the true feeling for NZ culture, with Kiwiana to be brought and eaten, I really enjoyed my experience here, we loved relaxing in the foot pools and kids thought the park was fantastic.
When staying in Rotorua my cousin and I enjoyed a couple of hours strolling around Kuirau Park So well laid out to make the most of the natural attractions and terrain , with Informative signs along the way Very w...
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Government Gardens
#12 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Worth a walk around but the museum is closed at the moment but the grounds are lovely also try the pool with two hot pools in the park it is very reasonable priced.
The Government Gardens (originally known as Paepaekumana) is a public park, partly laid out as gardens, located by Lake Rotorua in central Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand.
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Lake Rotorua
#13 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
A stroll on the lake promenade is a must when visiting Rotorua: a nice well-kept park borders the lake and you cannot help sitting on the grass or on one of the several benches bordering the promenade.
The black swans are beautiful and there are many places to just sit and admire nature.
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Mt. Tarawera
#14 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
One of the worlds best kept secrets if your into nature, hiking, water sports and lake fishing for trout or just chilling out!
... up to the mountain - a very bumpy thirty minutes plus experience in a bus with limited suspension - once you break the tree line you park up and first walk around the crater edge and then ascend to the summit.
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park
#15 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Rainbow Springs Nature Park is well known in our country as a wonderful place to walk through nature at its best in the North Island, with native bird life and streams teeming with exotic and native fish species.
The park is beautifully maintained, small clear streams, Redwood trees, Black Ponga's, ferns, birds, trout that you can feed but the exceptional stand-out is the Kiwi.
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Lake Rotoiti
#16 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Stunning view, real beautiful and unspoiled nature, clear water.
After 30 mins we came to a sign which said 45 mins back to car park, 1.5 hours to loop track.
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Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
#17 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
This is an utterly wonderful volcanic park full of awe inspiring sights and magical trails.
Great nature walk with a surprise around every corner.
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Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach
#18 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
It was a real novelty to see thermal water in nature like that and great to give the kids that experience.
Lake Okareka Walkway
#19 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
You drive to Acacia Road, a small car park with the sign "Lake Okareka Walkway ". Park the car and enjoy.
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Rainbow Mountain - Crater Lake Walk
#20 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
We walked the track from car park to top with our two boys (3 and 0).
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Lady Knox Geyser
#21 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Fun way to learn a bit more about the area and a great addition to the Wai-O-Tapu park.
Exciting when it goes off (encouraged by the Park Ranger with some soapsuds) especially for the younger ones.
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Te Urewera Treks
#22 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Nature can be a great healer.
A wonderful nature experience
Tarawera Trail
#23 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
I have had the pleasure of doing a few one-way trips to, and from, Hot Water Beach but really wanted to try running the Out-and-back from the Te Wairoa car park (trail head).
We did the trail today parking at the landing car park and joining it from there.
Lake Rotokakahi
#24 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
A go for nature lovers.
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The Farmhouse Rotorua
#25 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Centennial Park
#26 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Centennial Park, (formerly and still commonly known by locals as the Rotorua Tree Trust), consists of 20 hectares of rolling land with a number of steep gullies.
Also bought my kids here for an augmented reality game "magical parks" for kids weeks.
Kiwi Stylz Horse Treks
#27 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Whangapipiro Rachel Pool
#28 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
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Lake Rotoma
#29 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
Tikitapu Nature Walk
#30 of 32 Nature & Parks in Rotorua
But park up and walk straight to the other side where you see the woods start and you are there!